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'Star Wars' author inspired by films, and vice versa

Timothy Zahn, who is 65 and bald and carries an ever-so-slight air of social anxiety, is nobody's image of a superstar. And yet as he sat behind table No. 26 and waited for fans, he did not wait long. The doors to the convention hall at McCormick Place opened at 10 a.m., and by 10:10 a.m. the line of people to meet Zahn was the second-longest at C2E2, the massive Chicago comic book convention held each spring. Only Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and the Hulk, could boast longer lines. This was a few weeks ago, just as "Thrawn," Zahn's latest "Star Wars" novel, was debuting at No. 2 on The New York Times' best-seller list.

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Movie review: Not even Dwayne Johnson can rescue 'Baywatch'

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has so much charisma it can be seen from space. His charisma should be considered a national resource and channeled to power homes and solve world hunger. It's a precious and powerful tool that has lifted middling comedies like "Central Intelligence" and revved up the "Fast and Furious" franchise. But with the sloppy, incoherent "Baywatch," that unstoppable force meets its match. Shockingly, The Rock's charisma just can't save everything.

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